10 Things I’m Doing To Prepare for Baby #2

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We are getting so close to welcoming baby Awtrey number two into the world! I’m finding myself making lists and getting all the things ready for little one’s arrival and I want to share exactly what I’m doing with you! I actually have a whole podcast episode you can listen into where I explain each one of these things, too! You can listen here!

Here are my top 10!

  1. Gathering my must haves from Maddex! I had a few tried and true favorites from the first time I became a mama that I cannot wait to use again. Some of them include my stroller (that’s also a car seat!), our diaper bag, and this sound machine! I have a full list of my registry must haves that you can snag here! I promise it’ll save you so much googling!

  2. Making a list of my tribe– I know that I have certain friends I can depend on for different things. I have friends that are amazing at meal prep, the friends that will drop everything to come help, the friend who can pick Maddex up to play in a pinch, and so much more. I keep a running list in my phone of these go to people so when I feel like I’m drowning and my mind goes blank, I have life lines to help!

  3. Freezer meals + Smoothie prep! There is truly nothing better than prepared meals postpartum. Whether a friend makes a meal train for you, or you have freezer meals stashed up, come up with a plan for what you’re going to eat before the baby comes. Your future self will thank you.

  4. Making Padscicles! These are a lifesaver for postpartum recovery! You can buy premade ones like these, or follow a “recipe” to make your own like this

  5. Getting my monthly Nuuly box– I love renting clothes in this season of life where I’m constantly fluctuating sizes. Nuuly is the best because it includes all of my favorite brands from Free People and Anthropologie to Urban Outfitters and more! Click here to save $10 off your first month

  6. Packing for hospital early this time! I was NOT prepared the first time around. I did make a great blog post after I had Maddex of all of the things I ACTUALLY used! You can click here to read it!

  7. Freshen up on breastfeeding– I love Simplifed for this! They are free with most insurances and have SO many helpful tips. If you’re nervous about breastfeeding or struggle when baby comes, get help! You’re not alone.

  8. Putting together Nursing Bins for Maddex. These will be special toys and books that I pull out just at feedings to entertain Maddex! I’m sure I’ll rotate these out every once in awhile too to keep things fresh!

  9. A big brain dump of what I’d like to have done before baby. Circle 3! Delegate as much as you can!

  10. Getting the house deep cleaned! This is a GAME CHANGER. Let’s be real, nobody has time to clean postpartum. Paying for a deep cleaning (or better yet, asking for it as a gift), is the best thing to come home to after having a baby.

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I am an online encourager based out of Birmingham, AL that's obsessed with my girls and sharing bits and pieces of my life. I wear a lot of hats these days including mama to two boys, military wife, blogger, podcast host and more. You can find me behind the microphone at Real Talk with Rach where we talk about everything from jeans to Jesus, playlists to pop culture, the good and the grief and everything in between. 

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